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Caseggiato del Mosaico del Porto (I,XIV,2) - nrs. 459-472

The building
Description and function Along Via della Foce to the west and Via degli Horrea Epagathiana to the east are shops behind a porticus. The rows of shops are connected by a long, narrow corridor. Travertine staircases were accessible from the west porticus and the corridor. Probably fish was sold in the west part.
Date Built during the reign of Commodus.

Nrs. 459-472
Description There are cornerstones in the piers of the portico on the west side, that we numbered I-VI. The stones are low in the wall and at mid-height.
There are no stones in pier I, of which only the lower part has been preserved. A low stone could have been preserved, but is the masonry ancient?
Pier II has been preserved badly, and the upper part of what remains is modern.

Nr. 459: a low cornerstone in the south-west corner of pier II.
Nrs. 460-461: a low and mid stone in the north-west corner of pier III.
Nr. 462: a low stone in the south-west corner of pier III.
Nrs. 463-464: a low and mid stone in the north-west corner of pier IV.
Nr. 465: a low stone in the south-west corner of pier IV.
Nrs. 466-467: a low and mid stone in the north-west corner of pier V.
Nr. 468: a low stone in the south-west corner of pier V.
Nr. 469: a low stone in the north-west corner of pier VI, next to a very large travertine stone. The upper part of this pier is lost.
Nrs. 470-471: a cornerstone in each of the jambs of the entrance to the staircase behind piers V-VI, at mid-height.
Nr. 472: a "centralized" stone in a corner to the south (see photo).
Date The stones belong to the first building phase.
Measurements Meas. according to VdM, low stones in the facade: starting at av. h. 0.39; av. l. 0.22, av. w. 0.39, av. h. 0.22; mid stones in the facade: starting at av. h. 1.21; av. l. 0.21, av. w. 0.35, av. h. 0.14. Nr. 470: starts at 0.96 from threshold; l. 0.23, w. 0.39, h. 0.14. Nr. 471: starts at 0.99 from threshold; l. partly visible only, w. 0.45, h. 0.18. Nr. 472: starts at 0.79 from ground; l. partly visible only, w. 0.12, h. 0.15.

Remarks
There seems to be a pattern LM - L, LM - L, LM - L, from north to south. Note that the low stones are higher than the mid stones.
There are no stones in the portico on the east side of the building.
Plan of the building

Plan of the west part of the building.
From Mar 1996, fig. 15.

Photographs



The west facade seen from the north-west.


The north part of the west facade, seen from the north-west.


The south part of the west facade, seen from the south-west.


Stones 470-472, seen from the north-west.